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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 65WILDLIFE
SUBCHAPTER HPUBLIC LANDS PROCLAMATION
RULE §65.199General Rules of Conduct

(a) This section applies to all public hunting lands unless an exception for a specific area and time period is designated by the executive director or by written permission of the department.

(b) For the purposes of this section, gear, equipment, and floating conveyances are "unattended" if the person who is responsible for the gear, equipment, or floating conveyance is not within 200 yards of the gear, equipment, or floating conveyance.

(c) It is unlawful for any person to:

  (1) fail to obey regulations posted at the area or policies established by order of the executive director, fail to comply with instructions on permits or area leaflets, or refuse to follow directives given by departmental personnel in the discharge of official duties;

  (2) possess a firearm, archery equipment, arrow gun, air gun, or any other device for taking wildlife resources on public hunting lands, except for persons authorized by the department to hunt or conduct research on the area, commissioned law enforcement officers, and department employees in performance of their duties;

  (3) camp or construct an open fire anywhere other than in a designated campsite. On the Alabama Creek, Bannister, Caddo, Moore Plantation, and Sam Houston National Forest WMAs, this restriction applies only during the period from the day prior to the opening of the archery deer season through the day following the close of the general deer season;

  (4) camp for more than 14 consecutive days on the same unit of public hunting lands, or for more than 21 days in any 30-day period;

  (5) cause, create, or contribute to excessive or disturbing sounds beyond the person's immediate campsite between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;

  (6) establish a camp and leave it unattended for a period of longer than 24 hours;

  (7) disturb or remove plants, wood, rocks, gravel, sand, soil, shell, artifacts, or other objects from public hunting lands, except as authorized by the department;

  (8) write on, scratch, or otherwise deface natural features, signs, buildings, or other structures;

  (9) fail to deposit refuse in designated containers or fail to remove it from the area;

  (10) consume or be under the influence of alcohol while engaged in hunting activities, or to publicly consume or display an alcoholic beverage while on public hunting lands;

  (11) possess dogs in camp that are not confined or leashed;

  (12) use or possess any type of riding stock or pack animal on public hunting lands at any time, except:

    (A) as may be provided by order of the executive director; or

    (B) by written authorization of the department;

  (13) use an airboat within the boundaries of public hunting lands, except as provided by executive order or by written permission of the department;

  (14) take an antlerless deer during the general open season on wildlife management areas jointly managed by TPW and the U.S. Forest Service (Alabama Creek, Bannister, Caddo, Moore Plantation, or Sam Houston National Forest) unless that person possesses on their person a U.S.F.S. antlerless permit;

  (15) enter a unit of public hunting lands with an equine or equines, or cause the entry of an equine or equines to a unit of public hunting lands, unless that person has in their immediate possession, for each equine in the person's custody or equine that the person allowed to enter the unit of public hunting lands, a completed VS Form 10-11 (Texas Animal Health Commission) showing that the equine has tested negative to an official Equine Infectious Anemia test within the previous 12 months. The documentation required by this paragraph shall be made available for inspection upon the request of any department employee acting within the scope of official duties;

  (16) park or leave a motor vehicle unattended anywhere other than in designated parking areas, if parking areas have been designated;

  (17) use a motor vehicle, off-road vehicle, or ATV on a road, in an area, or at a time when such use is restricted to disabled persons, unless the person is in possession of a state-issued disabled parking placard or disabled license plate or assisting such a person;

  (18) leave personal gear, equipment (including decoys), or a floating conveyance unattended for more than one hour following the close of legal shooting hours. This paragraph does not apply to personal gear, equipment, or a floating conveyance:

    (A) within a designated camping area or designated campsite; or

    (B) that is unattended during reserved participation in a public hunting activity that has been specifically scheduled by the department; and

  (19) engage in any activity not specifically authorized by order of the executive director or regulation of the commission.

(d) Hunting with Dogs.

  (1) Dogs may be possessed and used to hunt animals and birds on public hunting lands only as provided:

    (A) in the "Legal Game Legend" provided for each unit of public hunting lands in the department publication entitled "Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands;" or

    (B) by executive order published on the department's official website.

  (2) It is an offense for any person to use a dog to hunt a bird or animal on public hunting lands except as authorized:

    (A) in the "Legal Game Legend" provided for each unit of public hunting lands in the department publication entitled "Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands"; or

    (B) by executive order published on the department's official website.


Source Note: The provisions of this §65.199 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5316; amended to be effective July 13, 2000, 25 TexReg 6545; amended to be effective April 29, 2002, 27 TexReg 3568; amended to be effective June 7, 2005, 30 TexReg 3256; amended to be effective July 22, 2013, 38 TexReg 4636; amended to be effective July 17, 2017, 42 TexReg 3542; amended to be effective August 11, 2019, 44 TexReg 4062

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